The federal government should absolutely require unprogrammed recess. The 30 minutes mentioned is not nearly enough. Many kids are not able to play outside once they go home. They greatly benefit physically, emotionally, even academically. Dedicated time should be mandatory- without scheduling lunch or any other time shared with it. Given the length of the school day there should be shorter breaks, as well. Except when air quality or heat prohibits it, recess should be outside. Clothes protect people from precipitation and cold.